1 Litre no Namida (TV series)

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Ichi Litre no Namida
Also known as1 Liter of Tears
Genre
StarringErika Sawajiri
Ryō Nishikido
Hiroko Yakushimaru
Takanori Jinnai
Ending theme"Only Human" (K)
Country of originJapan
Original language(s)Japanese
No. of episodes11 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)Satoko Kashikawa
Release
Original networkFuji Television
Original releaseOctober 11 –
December 20, 2005
Chronology
Followed by1 Litre of Tears: Memories
Related showsBuku Harian Nayla

1 Litre no Namida (1リットルの涙, lit. "1 Litre of Tears"; also called A Diary with Tears or A Diary of Tears) is a 2005 Japanese television drama for Fuji Television, based on a true story of a 15-year-old girl named Aya Kitō, who suffered from degenerative disease and died at the age of 25.

The script is based on Aya's diary that she kept writing until she could no longer hold a pen. The diary is later entitled, One Litre of Tears, which has sold over 1.1 million copies in Japan.

Plot[edit]

Fifteen-year-old Ikeuchi Aya is an ordinary girl, soon to be high school student and daughter of a family who works at a tofu shop. As time passes, unusual things start happening to Aya. She begins falling down often and walking strangely. Her mother Shioka, takes Aya to see the doctor, and he informs Shioka that Aya has spinocerebellar degeneration - a rare disease where the cerebellum of the brain gradually deteriorates to the point where the victim cannot walk, speak, write, or eat. A cruel disease, as it does not affect the mind. The story revolved around the time from when Aya was 14-20 before a big time skip. When she died at 25, her family carried her wishes for her body to be donated for medical research purposes.

Episodes[edit]

#TitleOriginal airdate
1"The Beginning of my Youth"
"Aru seishuun no hajimari" (Japanese: ある青春の始まり)
October 11, 2005 (2005-10-11)
2"15 years old, sickness that steals up"
"15sai, shinobiyoru byouki" (Japanese: 15才、忍びよる病魔)
October 18, 2005 (2005-10-18)
3"Why did the illness choose me?"
"Byouki ha doushite watashi wo erandano" (Japanese: 病気はどうして私を選んだの)
October 25, 2005 (2005-10-25)
4"The Loneliness of Two"
"Futari no kodoku" (Japanese: 二人の孤独)
November 1, 2005 (2005-11-01)
5"A disabled person's notebook"
"Shougaija tenchou" (Japanese: 障害者手帳)
November 8, 2005 (2005-11-08)
6"Heartless glances"
"Kokoronai shisen" (Japanese: 心ない視線)
November 15, 2005 (2005-11-15)
7"The place where I am"
"Watashi no iru basho" (Japanese: 私のいる場所)
November 22, 2005 (2005-11-22)
8"1 Litre of Tears"
"1 rittoru no namida" (Japanese: 1リットルの涙)
November 29, 2005 (2005-11-29)
9"I live now"
"Ima wo ikiru" (Japanese: 今を生きる)
December 6, 2005 (2005-12-06)
10"Love Letter"
"Raburetā" (Japanese: ラブレター)
December 13, 2005 (2005-12-13)
11"Far away, to the place where tears are exhausted"
"Tooku he, namida no tsukita basho ni" (Japanese: 遠くへ、涙の尽きた場所に)
December 20, 2005 (2005-12-20)
sp"Special Drama of 1 Litre of Tears: Memory"
"「1 rittoru no namida」 tokubetsuhen tsuioku" (Japanese: 「1リットルの涙」特別篇‧追憶)
April 7, 2007 (2007-04-07)

Special episode[edit]

On April 5, 2007, Fuji Television aired a three-hour special of the series set five years after Aya's death (2019) and focuses on Haruto Asō, who has now become a doctor at the same hospital Aya was treated in, and Ako Ikeuchi, Aya's younger sister who is a nurse in training. Rika, Aya's youngest sister, just started high school. Haruto is caring for a 14-year-old female patient, Mizuki, who was bullied in school because of her disease, the same one that Aya had. Because of the bullying at school, Mizuki-chan decides not to receive therapy of any sort that would make her better, because she has lost her will to live. Haruto remembers how Aya fought her illness and lived her life with her disease; therefore, he offers support to his patient. Aya reappears in the episode using a number of flashbacks from the series and in new scenes.[1]

Casts[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Other cast[edit]

  • Naohito Fujiki - Hiroshi Mizuno (Doctor)
  • Hiroko Yakushimaru - Ikeuchi Shioka
  • Takanori Jinnai - Ikeuchi Mizuo
  • Riko Narumi - Ikeuchi Ako
  • Yuma Sanada [ja] - Ikeuchi Hiroki, also reprised the role in the special episode.
  • Ai Miyoshi [ja], Miyoshi Yuuki (sisters) - Ikeuchi Rika, the latter played as Rika in the last two episode as Rika grows up.
  • Sarasa Morimoto - Ikeuchi Rika in the special episode, in first year of high school.
  • Saori Koide [ja] - Mari Sugiura (One of Aya's best friends)
  • Kenichi Matsuyama - Yuji Kawamoto (Aya's first love interest, club leader in basketball club, but drifts apart from her when she fell ill)
  • Yuya Endo - Takeda Makoto (Yuji's friend in the Basketball club)
  • Kana Matsumoto [ja] - Saki Matsumura
  • Momosuke Mizutani [ja] - Kohei Onda
  • Ryo Hashidume [ja] - Keita Nakahara
  • Hiroshi Katsuno - Yoshifumi Asō (Haruto's father)
  • Asae Onishi [ja] - Asumi Oikawa (Aya's roommate when she was in disability school. She has the same disease as Aya)
  • Kazuko Katō [ja] - Kikue Oikawa (Asumi's mother)
  • Yuuki Sato - Keisuke Asō (Haruto's brother)
  • Maya Hamaoka [ja] - Madoka Fujimura
  • Toshihide Tonesaku [ja] - Kiichi Takano (One of the volunteers at the disability who later gets married to the head teacher of the disability school)
  • Shigeyuki Satō [ja] - Nishino (Home room teacher of Aya when she was still in the normal high school)
  • Aoi [ja] (Japanese actress and fashion model) - Tomita (High School Girl who likes Haruto & is jealous of Aya)
  • Anri Okamoto - Nagashima Mizuki a 14-year-old, a protagonist character in special episodes.

Asae Onishi starred in the 2004 movie version of the same title as Aya.

Comparisons to source material[edit]

  • Aya and family's last name changed to Ikeuchi.
  • In reality, Aya also has another younger brother called Kentaro, but he was not in the series.
  • According to Shioka's book, "Hurdles of Life", written after Aya's death, her husband is an office worker, and doesn't own a tofu shop.
  • All places names are fictional. Aya grew up in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture
  • Both Aya's were diagnosed in 9th grade (3rd year of middle school), but Aya Ikeuchi didn't not show first symptoms until she was sitting her entrance exams, and switched schools after official diagnosis. They both moved to a special-needs school whilst in their first years of high school.
  • Only Aya Ikeuchi played basketball pre-diagnosis from middle school.
  • They were both conductors in school choirs.
  • Aya Kito had never been in a relationship. Haruto Asō and his father are fictional characters created by the family's request.
  • Aya Ikeuchi's primary doctor is male instead of female.
  • The series is set in mid-2000's so the public pay phones are in button form instead of rotary form. They use cell phones instead of pagers and letters.
  • Aya Ikeuchi was set to be born in 1989, a year after Aya Kito's passing, she was admitted to hospital in 2009, and died in 2014, so her death was set in the future. Both died at 12:55am. The series ended in 2015, a year after Ikeuchi's passing. Photographs of Kito was also shown at the end of the series.
  • In the final picture, the Hiragana board is in reverse direction (from left to right), and does contain numbers, but does not in the series.
  • Like the original, Ako graduated from the same high school that Aya left, and both her and her mother work in healthcare.
  • Both Ikeuchi and Kito were in biology club.
  • The base colour for the high school uniforms of Aya Kito is dark-coloured, but is in white for the Ikeuchis.

Aftermath for family members and cast members[edit]

According to the final pictures of the drama:

  • Ako graduated from the same high school that Aya left, and both her and her mother work in healthcare.
  • Hiroki went on to graduate from the same high school, and is now a community policeman.
  • Rika went on to graduate from the same high school, and is now a supplementary teacher in early childcare, similar to a teacher aide.
  • Their parents became motivational speakers and ambassadors for the disease.

Morimoto Sarasa, the actress who played as Rika in the special episode, left entertainment industry in 2017, and became an occupational therapist.

Alternate versions of this drama[edit]

Indonesian Production House SinemArt's[2] drama, titled Buku Harian Nayla[3] (Nayla's Diary), plagiarizes 1 Litre of Tears. The series bears some striking resemblances, like the name "Aya" being replaced with "Nayla" (Chelsea Olivia) and Moses (Ralph Glenn Alinskie) in place of Asou. The series aired in RCTI as a special Christmas series. The comparison between the two series have been discussed by the show's audience.[4] The scenario was written by Serena Luna (or sometimes called Chevyra Edenia).

Indonesian fans of 1 Litre no Namida have reported this admitted act of plagiarism to Fuji TV and the Indonesian mass media, but there has yet to be a response. What most upsets the fans is that RCTI failed to credit or acknowledge Fuji TV and 1 Litre of Tears, from which the story is presumed to have been adapted, and noted that "This story is fictitious: the similarities of names, characters, places, and times are purely coincidental."

Amrita TV is to dub 1 Litre no Namida and Chinese drama Tears of Happiness is based on this drama.

The Turkish remake of this drama aired on Kanal D, titled Bir Litre Gözyaşı in 2018.

Episode Ratings[edit]

Episode Kanto Kansai Nationwide
01 13.5 15.6 12.7
02 15.1 ??.? ??.?
03 13.5 ??.? ??.?
04 12.3 ??.? ??.?
05 14.6 ??.? ??.?
06 15.2 ??.? ??.?
07 16.2 ??.? ??.?
08 15.4 ??.? ??.?
09 15.5 ??.? ??.?
10 16.6 ??.? ??.?
11 20.5 ??.? ??.?
average 15.31 ??.? ??.?

Source: Video Research, Ltd.

Broadcasts[edit]

Japan[edit]

  • Original run: October 11, 2005 – December 20, 2005
  • Network and Timeslot: Fuji Television, Tuesdays at 10:00-11:00 pm
  • Theme song(s): "Only Human" by K
  • Konayuki (粉雪, Powdered Snow) and Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日, 9 March) by Remioromen
  • OST by Susumu Ueda

Hong Kong[edit]

  • Original run: October 15, 2006 – December 31, 2006
  • Network and Timeslot: TVB Jade, Sundays at 10:30-11:30 pm
  • Theme song(s): "Stubborn" (固執) by Jason Chan (TV)
  • Xiang Ai Bu Xiang Ai (想愛不相愛) by Ivana Wong (Movie)

Singapore[edit]

  • Original run: Nov 28, 2006 – Jan 2, 2007
  • Channel and time slot: E-City, Mondays and Tuesdays, 11:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Theme song(s): "Only Human" by K
  • Konayuki (粉雪) and Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日) by Remioromen

Indonesia[edit]

  • Original run: May 4, 2007 – May 18, 2007
  • Network and Timeslot: Indosiar, Mondays to Fridays at 05:00-06:00 pm
  • Theme song(s): "Only Human" by K
  • Konayuki (粉雪) and Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日) by Remioromen

Taiwan[edit]

  • Original run: July 2, 2007 – July 18, 2007
  • Network and Timeslot: Japan Entertainment Television, Mondays to Thursdays at 10:00-11:00 pm
  • Theme song(s): "Only Human" by K
  • Konayuki (粉雪) and Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日) by Remioromen

Malaysia[edit]

  • Original run: August 4, 2007 – October 20, 2007
  • Channel and time slot: 8TV, Saturdays, 06:00 pm – 07:00 pm
  • Theme song(s): "Only Human" by K
  • Konayuki (粉雪) and Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日) by Remioromen by raden

Thailand[edit]

  • Original run: May 5, 2008 - June 9, 2008
  • Channel and time slot: Thai Public Broadcasting Service, Mondays & Tuesdays, 08:30 pm – 09:30 pm
  • Theme song(s): "Only Human" by K
  • Konayuki (粉雪) and Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日) by Remioromen

Philippines[edit]

  • Original run: May 25, 2009 – June 19, 2009
  • Channel and time slot: GMA Network, Weekdays, 10:15 pm – 10:45 pm
  • Opening and Ending Theme song(s): "Walang Hanggan" by Wency Cornejo feat. Cookie Chua
  • Ending Theme song(s) in some episodes: "Only Human" by K
  • Konayuki (粉雪) and Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日) by Remioromen

Vietnam[edit]

  • Original run: September 3, 2012
  • Channel and time slot: HTV3,Mondays to Thursday, 21h30 - 22h30 GMT+7
  • Theme song(s): "Only Human" by K
  • Konayuki (粉雪, Powdered Snow) and Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日, 9 March) by Remioromen
  • OST by Susumu Ueda

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. 1 littoru no namida -Main Theme-
  2. hurdle wo koete
  3. anata ga oshiete kure tamono -ai no Theme-
  4. yasashisa ni tsutsumarete
  5. anji
  6. kimi e no Long Pass
  7. rakujitsu
  8. shinobiyoru byouma
  9. furi aoge ba aoi sora
  10. namida no imi
  11. senkoku
  12. mou utae nai
  13. te wo nobase ba anata ga
  14. kunou no senritsu
  15. nagare yuku jikan
  16. sagashi te goran
  17. nigiyaka na danran
  18. toumei na sekai
  19. seimei aru kagiri -Sub Theme-
  20. Only Human (Piano Version)
  21. konayuki (Piano Version)
  22. Only Human (Cello Version)
  23. K - Only Human
  24. Remioromen - Konayuki
  25. Remioromen - sangatsu kokonoka (9 March)

References[edit]

  1. ^ まだ泣き足りない?フジ系「1リットルの涙」4・5スペシャル (in Japanese). Archived from the original on May 10, 2007.
  2. ^ "Sinemart". Sinemart. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Error". Archived from the original on 2006-12-18. Retrieved 2006-12-15.
  4. ^ Lautan Indonesia - Welcome Archived January 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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